Dr Richards earned his medical degree from Cornell University and is clinically trained in pediatric infectious disease. He came to The Carter Center after a 23 year career with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all spent in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. His awards include the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's Bailey K. Ashford Medal, Weil-Cornell Medical School’s Bean Kean Medal, and the Williams College Bicentennial Medal. Dr Richards has appointments with Emory University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He has authored or coauthored over 180 articles, letters, and chapters.